What do you think of when you think Europe? Cobble-stoned streets? Flower-lined windowsills? Buildings that date back to the Middle Ages? In Schwäbisch Gmünd, you can get the full European experience you’ve always imagined. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Swabian Jura Mountains, Schwäbisch Gmünd is as pretty as a picture. With Baroque-style houses and Romanesque churches lining the streets, you will feel like you’ve stepped into a storybook! Indulge in some of Germany’s finest cuisines in a Michelin-awarded restaurant, and walk off excess calories on a sightseeing tour through the superbly preserved inner city. This small town surely will introduce Germany from a different angle to you.
Location: The second largest town in Baden-Württemberg, at the foot of the Swabian Jura
A town in the eastern part of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Schwäbisch Gmünd is the second largest town in the region. Located at the foot of the Swabian Jura Mountains on the Rems River, it is also situated very close to Stuttgart. Get to know a different Germany, and get a taste of a bustling region that is incomparable to the rest of the country. With schools, businesses, and leisure facilities galore, there is always something to see and do here. And lastly, try the delicious Swabian cuisine in one of the many restaurants.
Business: A Town That Produces Gold and Silver
Schwäbisch Gmünd is known as the center for precious metals. It is one of Europe’s main producers of gold and silver handicrafts. It is also known for the excellent quality of its cutlery and chandeliers. One of the best-known companies headquartered here is Schleich, a producer of hand-painted toy figurines.
Culture: The Past Meets the Present
Schwäbisch Gmünd is a town that houses some of the best-kept structures from the Middle Ages. One of its must-sees is the Fünfknopfturm tower on the western side of town. Built in the 15th century, it boasts of five spires with five golden knobs on every peak. A second is the Prediger, a former Dominican monastery secularized in 1802. A classic Baroque structure, it contains the city museum of history and art. Third is the Johanniskirche or St. John’s Church. Built in the style of late-Romanesque architecture, it houses impressive sculptures and relics. Finally, there is the Marktplatz or street market at the heart of town. Built in the Stauffer dynasty in the 12th century, it is home to the town library, some unique shops, and medieval and baroque houses.
Activities: Catch a Michelin Star
If you are of the gastronomical bent, visit the Fuggerei, a Michelin-star restaurant in town. With its vaulted ceiling, period dining room, and extensive gardens, you will feel transported to a different era. The menu, which showcases the regional cuisine, is simply superb.